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HSE decision signals demise of Navan hospital

1 September, 2010

Commenting on the decision to cease all emergency surgery at Our Lady’s Hospital Navan Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD said:

“The decision of the HSE to cease, with immediate effect, all acute/emergency surgery at Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan, signals the intended closure of Our Lady’s as an acute hospital facility, something that will reveal itself sooner than many might think” states Sinn Féin Leader and spokesperson on Health and Children Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin.

Reacting to today’s announcement, the Cavan/Monaghan Dáil Deputy has roundly rejected the HSE claim that the decision was made ‘in the interest of providing the highest quality of service to patients’.

“Nothing could be further from the truth. The last thing in the minds of those responsible for this outrageous decision is patient care and safety. The first and foremost influence in all decisions taken regarding the configuration of acute hospital services in the North East is cost. It is financial considerations and the stated intent of this government and HSE management to see the former five hospital sites across this region reduced to two, that are directing these announcements. A two hospital region is their clear intent and they have recruited the services of so-called experts to provide them with the smokescreen of ‘expert clinical advice’.

“While some voices from within the medical professions in these counties have spoken up, they remain too few and isolated. Elected voices and hospital campaigners are dismissed as ill-informed and with their own agendas.

“It is long past time, but never too late, for consultants, hospital doctors and General Practitioners to take a collective stand against this cadre of HSE promotion-bent bureaucrats and their political masters in Fianna Fáil and champion the right of all citizens to access high standard, best care, acute hospital services and within reasonable distance from where they live” concluded Deputy Ó Caoláin.

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